C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013 Draft) - Part II
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10-15-2012, 12:07 PM
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I doubt it. He's a doing really tremendous things this year, especially for a 17yo in a mens league, and I think he's going to be a great player, but he doesn't have the explosive/dynamic/wow factor to put him above someone like MacKinnon.
Not that I disagree about MacKinnon being the more likely first pick (and I'd bet on him becoming the better player as well), but I think a lot of the "explosive/dynamic/wow factor" that often gets brought up when talking about promising prospects in the Canadian juniors in comparison to the ones playing in other leagues is just an illusion created by weaker competition in the CHL compared to the major leagues in Europe. It's a lot easier to look flashy and dynamic against kids in the CHL than against the adult pros in the better Euro leagues.
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